food  safety


Question by  Nycherub (47)

Is it safe to eat food from a dented can?

I have several dented cans of vegetables in my cabinet that I would like to eat.


Answer by  Bebe84 (20)

If the can appears to have been dented by being dropped, then it is probably safe to eat. Open the can and examine the contents. If it smells and looks ok, eat it. Do not eat from a can that is swollen or bulging, because that can indicate bacteria growth.


Answer by  sebek27 (28)

It is safe to eat food from dented cans as long as they are not bloated, or have any obvious pentration from the dent into the interior of the can. Be sure to check the experation date.


Answer by  Sylvia (759)

I think it's something I would stay away from. Any dents may be deep enough to allow air in which is great for bacteria growth. There is also the possibility of the elements of the interior lining to seep or leak into the food. A good check - if there is the "hiss" sound when opened it should be OK


Answer by  Taylor (863)

Usually no, when a can is dented and sits for a while, bacteria can sneak in through the tiny micro holes created in the can when it is dented. When this food sits for a long period of time, the bacteria has time to cultivate and morph into viruses that can really harm you.

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Answer by  Rogue (121)

Most would say don't eat it. The newer type of cans has no lead content in it and is quite safe. Unless the cans got a big hole in it.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

I don't know if its safe, but I would never eat from a dented can. You don't know if air has gotten into it, and turn it bad.


Answer by  tbird (732)

Push on the top and bottom of the can. If it pops,it is not advisable to eat the contents as the seal has been broken.

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